Monica Shah '10 is a Peace Fellow at Illinois Wesleyan University. While working a summer internship for then-Senator Barack Obama’s Chicago office, she also became an intern with his presidential campaign.
Your hometown? Downers Grove, Ill.
Why Wesleyan? Among the things I value most about Illinois Wesleyan are the faculty and staff, because of their desire for students’ success. 

Professors are easily approachable and this creates a unique and comfortable learning environment. 

Moreover, IWU is a small liberal arts school that allows students great educational opportunities around the world—it can’t get better than that.

Your major? 

International Studies (diplomatic concentration)

Favorite class? International Human Rights
After Wesleyan? Too many dreams… Graduate school (law, perhaps), Foreign Service, the United Nations, teaching, and traveling around the world. The list will continue to grow.
Biggest thrill?  It was through IWU that I was able to participate in the Washington Semester Program in D.C.—a program that allowed me to meet the officials of and be in the headquarters of the United Nations, NATO, European Union institutions, and international courts.

After studying about these organizations in depth, never did I imagine that I would actually get the opportunity to visit them and learn firsthand from the officials who work there. It was an incredible experience.

For fun?  Running
The best?  Chocolate milkshakes
Favorite book?

Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns

Favorite movie?  Wall-E… hands down
Favorite quote?

“We must love them both—those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject. For both have labored in the search for truth and both have helped us in the finding of it." — St. Thomas Aquinas

Monica Shah
Monica Shah co-authored research that was presented by her classmates at an international conference in Greece in the spring of 2008.

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